Medvedev says EU could collapse before Ukraine joins – Reuters

The European Commission on Friday officially recommended making Ukraine a candidate for European Union membership following an expedited review of Kyiv’s responses to a questionnaire completed earlier this year.

Ukraine’s “European aspirations” are at the heart of the crisis that overwhelmed the country in 2014.

“We children of the 1970s all waited for the onset of communism. Alas, that did not happen. The Soviet Union collapsed, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was liquidated,” he said. said Medvedev, who joined the party at university and left in 1991, wrote on his Telegram page on Sunday. “The situation related to the promised start of world happiness in the USSR reminds me of the incantations made by the European Commission regarding Ukraine’s EU candidacy,” Sputnik reported.

“They were promised. Exactly, promised. And the promise was only made to (Ukraine), and not even to Georgia (I would be offended in their place, not even mentioning Turkey),” added Medvedev, recalling Ankara’s candidacy to become a member of the European Economic Community – the predecessor of the EU, since 1987.

“They promised, but with conditions. Ukraine is supposed to become better, cleaner, less corrupt, more developed, enlightened, smarter. (Head of the EC) Aunt Usrula (von der Leyen) even said that the Ukrainians were dying to join the EU,” the former president, who is now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, wrote.

“Afterwards it will be like with the construction of communism. The date is not finally fixed. But there are many unverifiable abstract conditions. Their objective verification is impossible. They will be verified for decades, and by new generations The leaders of the EU. Therefore, the real term is mid-century, not earlier,” Medvedev wrote.

In the meantime, he suggested, the fate of the USSR could also befall the EU.

“It is possible that communism would have arrived now if the USSR had been preserved. But the union, unfortunately, is dead. Do you understand what I am referring to? PS Perhaps (knock on wood) the EU disappears at that time? It’s scary to think what a scandal that would be, considering the sacrifices that have been made on the altar of EU membership, and what a disappointment it would be of the expectations of unfortunate Ukrainians “, concluded Medvedev.

During his presidency and much of his tenure as prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev was one of the strongest proponents of improving Russia’s relations with the West, adopting Western standards in education, the judiciary, business, industry, etc., and was considered by political observers to be the leader. of the liberal wing of the ruling United Russia party. However, with the onset of the Ukrainian crisis, his public positions gradually shifted towards open hostility to the West. Earlier this month, after his son’s US visa was revoked, an angry Medvedev took to Telegram to write that he ‘hated’ Western officials, calling them ‘bastards and degenerates’ and promising to “do your best to make them disappear”. “

On Friday, the European Union executive formally recommended that Ukraine be granted candidate status in the bloc, despite lingering concerns over corruption, rule of law, governance, democracy, excessive influence ultra-rich in economics and politics, widespread poverty, nationalism and the current military crisis with Russia.

“We all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us for the European dream,” said EC President von der Leyen, wearing an ensemble in national colors of Ukraine during his call on Friday.

Ukraine formally applied for EU candidate status in February.

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